Attractions

Top Choice Archaeological Site in Rousay

Midhowe Cairn & Broch

Six miles from the ferry, mighty Midhowe Cairn has been dubbed the 'Great Ship of Death'. Built around 3500 BC and enormous, it's divided into compartments, in which the remains of 25 people were found. Covered by a…
Island in Rousay

Egilsay

Egilsay is an RSPB reserve; listen for the corncrakes at the southern end of the island. A 20th-century cenotaph marks where Earl Magnus was murdered in 1116 on the orders of Earl Haakon Paulsson, dramatically descr…
Island in Rousay

Wyre

Just off Rousay, and accessed from the same ferry, Wyre was the domain of the Viking Baron Kolbein Hruga (known as ‘Cubbie Roo’). The substantial ruins of his castle, built around 1145, stand dramatically above the …
Archaeological Site in Rousay

Prehistoric Sites

The major archaeological sites are clearly labelled from the road ringing the island. Heading west from the ferry, you soon come to Taversoe Tuick, an intriguing burial cairn constructed on two levels, with separate…
Gardens in Rousay

Trumland House

This is one of Orkney's largest private houses, currently undergoing some much-needed repair. The grounds, with their thicket of native trees, are worth a stroll – you enter the attractive walled garden through a me…